Feeling depressed or lonely can age us faster than smoking, researchers say

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Digital model of ageing reveals importance of psychological health as well as biological

Feeling unhappy, depressed or lonely could speed up the ageing processes more than smoking or even certain diseases, researchers have suggested.

Now researchers say they have created a digital model of ageing, revealing the importance of psychological health.“Your body and soul are connected – this is our main message,” said Fedor Galkin, a co-author of the study and lead scientist at the Hong Kong startup Deep Longevity. The team found that when the model was applied to CHARLS data from a further 2,617 Chinese adults with ageing-associated diseases, those with a history of stroke, liver disease and lung conditions were predicted to be older than 4,451 healthy adults matched to them by chronological age, sex, and living area.

“We demonstrate that psychological factors, such as feeling unhappy or being lonely, add up to 1.65 years to one’s biological age,” they write.

 

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. “the Hong Kong startup Deep Longevity”. Human rights and clean air would be good for ensuring that people have environments that support mental health. “stress and low socioeconomic position are related to accelerated ageing” .

Oh good. That'll help.

Makes sense. Psychological issues are brutal.

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